ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- A 10-inning victory left the Toronto Blue
Jays feeling good about themselves. In the other clubhouse, there
appeared to be some dissension brewing.
Aaron Hill had an RBI double and Russ Adams added a two-run
single during the four-run rally, lifting the Blue Jays to an 8-4
victory over the two-time defending AL West champion Los Angeles
Angels on Thursday night.
While reporters were grilling Angels manager Mike Scioscia in
his office about the team's 14th loss in 19 games, Darin Erstad's
voice could be heard shouting at an unnamed teammate or teammates.
"This is going to stop right ... now!" Erstad said in a story
posted on the Los Angeles Times' Web site early Friday. "There's
going to be no finger-pointing, I don't care who you are. It's
over. If we go down, we're all going down together. We're going to
pull for everybody. No talking behind anyone's back. Let's pull for
each other. Let's go!"
Erstad, who is on the disabled list, declined to talk about what
was said or what precipitated his blowup when approached by other
"It's an emotional game," second baseman Adam Kennedy said.
"It's a pretty tight clubhouse. And no matter what happens, I
think everybody knows we're fighting for each other. Things happen,
but there's one goal and everyone has that in mind."
Mike Scioscia tried his best to put a positive spin on the
"It was a tough loss, and a lot of guys in that room are
frustrated," Scioscia said. "There's a level of frustration we
have to sift through right now. We're not playing to our
expectations. Winning is the only goal, and as much as these guys
try to turn the page, sometimes that page gets heavy."
Lyle Overbay started the winning rally with a double against Los
Angeles closer Francisco Rodriguez, who was pitching his second
inning. One out later, Rodriguez (0-1) intentionally walked former
Angels catcher Bengie Molina, and Hill followed with a hit toward
the gap in left-center.
"I was just looking for something I could drive," Hill said.
"The first pitch just kind of ran away from me. I wasn't expecting
a fastball on the next pitch, but I just reacted to the ball and
hit it in the right direction. I've just been working on getting
the barrel of the bat on the ball, and it definitely paid off
Adams added some insurance with a single to left-center that
chased K-Rod, and Reed Johnson singled home the final run.
"All three of the base hits I gave up, my location was right
down the middle," Rodriguez said. "They were all mistake pitches.
And when you make in a game like that with the game on the line,
you're going to get hurt. That's what I did. I just didn't make my
pitch when I had to, and it cost me the game."
Jason Frasor (1-0) pitched 1 2-3 innings, striking out Tim
Salmon with the bases loaded to end the ninth.
Mike Napoli's leadoff homer in the seventh pulled the Angels
even at 4-all. They loaded the bases later in the inning, but
center fielder Vernon Wells caught Salmon's drive on the warning
track after a two-out intentional walk to Vladimir Guerrero.
Salmon got another chance with the bases loaded in the ninth
after another intentional walk to Guerrero, but he looked at a
third strike from Frasor that tailed in on him.
"You can't explain how big that was. Obviously, that won the
game right there," Hill said.
Toronto's Roy Halladay allowed four runs and eight hits over
seven innings and struck out seven. He was coming off consecutive
complete-game wins over the Angels and Tampa Bay that required 187
total pitches. The 2003 AL Cy Young winner has a 8.19 ERA in four
career starts at Angel Stadium, by far his worst at any ballpark.
Donnelly and first baseman Robb Quinlan collided while going for
Wells' dribbling single, and right fielder Guerrero dropped Troy
Glaus' flyball in short right-center, allowing Johnson to score and
put Toronto ahead. However, Guerrero was not charged with an error
after throwing to second base for the force on Wells.
Lackey allowed three runs and four hits in six innings and
struck out three. The right-hander, who did not walk a batter in 15
innings over his previous two starts, walked Wells and Glaus with
two out in the first and finished with five bases on balls. It was
the first time this season that Lackey pitched with Napoli starting
behind the plate.
"John was a little careful with the middle of their lineup,"
pitching coach Bud Black said. "He pitched Troy overly careful and
he was careful with Wells also. I think John knew that he was going
to be a tight game with Halladay, so he tried to make -- I wouldn't
say perfect pitches, but he was really thinking about not leaving
the ball in the middle of the plate. And a lot of times when you do
that, you end up coming out of your game a little bit."
Lackey walked Glaus for the second time to open the sixth, and
the Blue Jays tied it 3-all with consecutive RBI doubles by Overbay
and Alex Rios.
OF-3B Chone Figgins, who had started each of the Angels'
first 40 games, came in as a pinch-runner in the seventh and
remained in the game. He had committed at error in five of his last
previous games and was 6-for-44 over his previous 11 contests. ...
The Blue Jays will recall RHP Ty Taubenheim to make his major
league debut on Saturday at Coors Field in place of the injured
Gustavo Chacin, who is on the DL because of a sprained elbow and